BCCI to take stand after decision on Harbhajan

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New Delhi, Jan 28 (UNI) Defending Harbhajan Singh who is alleged to have made racist remarks on Australia's Andrew Symonds, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today said it will wait for the judgement on off-spinner before the board takes any stand on India's current tour down under.

Speaking to mediapersons here BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said, ''The Working Committee has decided to wait for the decision on Harbhajan and we believe that the Indian players can not be racist.'' The International Cricket Council (ICC) had appointed Justice John Hansen as Commissioner for India spinner Harbhajan Singh's Code of Conduct appeal hearing which is scheduled to start from tomorrow.

Harbhajan was found guilty of making a racist remark to Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test at Sydney.

He added that ''the board wanted that before the One-Day series starts the commissioner should hear the appeal and ICC agreed to it.'' Asked if BCCI would call-off the tour if Harbhajan is found guilty again by the Commissioner, Mr Shukla said the board is hopeful that the Indian off-spinner will come out clean after the judgement and added by saying ''The Working Committee clearly suggested that the tour is on for now.'' He expressed the board's confidence in ICC's procedure for hearing on the issue saying, ''We'll go by the constitutional policy of ICC.'' UNI RAR CS RN2152

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